“Cautious optimism” was the watchword in relation to Tāmaki Makaurau appearing to have passed the peak of the omicron outbreak, The Spinoff says. What is beyond doubt is that the wave has crashed through New Zealand’s biggest city first, and is now washing across the remainder of the country. Two important caveats. First, different regions will have differently timed waves. Second, hospitalisations lag, meaning those peaks tend to follow by around a week from case numbers.